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1989

I have been DIY-ing for my folks with, um, somewhat mixed results. And I am slightly deaded. I have screwed all the screws. I have drilled and sawed. No hammering, which is probably just as well. My aim isn't great. But! Enough of 2015, for it is 1989. Fortunately only in a manner of speaking, because I'll be damned if I'm going back there again, even just for a visit.

I mostly remember unrest in 1989. Tiananmen Square. Eastern Europe - Romania, Czechoslovakia, Germany, and then the Berlin Wall coming down. And Hillsborough of course, back in the UK. And did my sister get married that year? I think she did (and no, I have no idea why I'm asking you either). I'd ask her, but it only lasted a year, so I'd get my head bitten off if I mentioned it. ;) My overriding memory of it is making about a billion sandwiches, as we did the catering ourselves.

Otherwise, with the obvious exception of the cancelling of Doctor Who, for me this year was mostly about Monty Python's Flying Circus. Repeats on the Beeb, Michael Palin doing Around The World In 80 Days, books galore on the history of the show, and the release of Monty Python Sings, an album of their songs (which I bought in Our Price, on cassette (can life get any more 80s than that?!)). Played it to death that year, albeit very carefully, given some of the lyrics. You have no idea how many times I have caught myself singing Medical Love Song at inappropriate moments. I'd blame dear old Graham (he wrote it), but of course this was the year that he died, one day before the anniversary. His (sort of) autobiography was re-released a couple of years later, and is still one of my favourite books.

Somewhat Pythonesque goings-on elsewhere too that year - A Bit Of Fry & Laurie debuted, and so did Maid Marion & Her Merry Men. Also KYTV, although that's rather less well remembered! It was all about the goings on in a fledgling satellite TV channel, was very good indeed, won a ton of awards, and then disappeared without trace. And speaking of disappearing, the last Blackadder episode - that Blackadder episode - aired in November.

And the music that year was almost as tragic, because this was the year that New Kids On The Block hit British shores, tangling in the charts with yet more Bros, Kylie and Jason, and now joined as well by Sonia and Big Fun. One big pop nightmare! Added to which, Bruce Springsteen (who was seriously ill with bipolar disorder, although none of us knew that at the time), went and sacked the E Street Band (they got back together again a few years later, when he'd recovered some). Things were bad in Musicland. Fortunately, there were a few exceptions.



Roy Orbison and You Got It, his final single, released shortly after his death.



Marc Almond & Gene Pitney with Something's Gotten Hold Of My Heart, a rejigged version of a solo hit for Pitney from the 60s. I love this song.



And, as it gradually came to be obvious that all was not as well as it might have been, Queen with The Miracle:



(And Breakthru, as I couldn't decide).





Farewell to the 80s, then. Onward to the 90s.

Comments

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emeraldarrows
Dec. 6th, 2015 11:29 pm (UTC)
The year I was born. :D Obviously I don't remember any of it.

Love Roy Orbison!
swordznsorcery
Dec. 7th, 2015 12:48 am (UTC)
Go away, you're too young. :p

He had an amazing voice. I nearly included his other song this year, with the Traveling Wilburys. Nicely poignant video filmed after his death. I'm particularly fond of "You Got It" though, so that one won out.
alec_towser
Dec. 7th, 2015 05:59 am (UTC)
You Got It! I love that song. :)

Also, I've been on a bit of a Python spree lately - we've just bought the 40th Anniversary Castle Box Set for Holy Grail, which, along with myriad extra movie features like bloopers and outtakes, comes with a catapult and rubber farm animals to fling over the castle box. It's not at all a practical use of our money, but so worth it. I've personally been catapulting cows and sheep all around the house. XD I regret nothing.
swordznsorcery
Dec. 7th, 2015 07:59 am (UTC)
That sounds like a wholly productive use of anybody's time! :D

That film has one of my favourite ever DVD extras - the Lego "Knights Of The Round Table". It is truly a thing of beauty.
oonaseckar
Dec. 7th, 2015 08:08 am (UTC)
All props to you for DIY for your folks. I can't imagine being anything other than a danger to man and beast with an electric drill.

I have a feeling I actually watched KYTV. But it's disappeared from my memory totally, just like from the universe.

Recalling Sonia and Big Fun to mind for people is really cruel and unusual, you know. What is this, your virtual dungeon?

I do like that version of Something's Gotten Hold Of My Heart, it's pleasantly sinister.
swordznsorcery
Dec. 7th, 2015 08:24 am (UTC)
Would you like me to post a link to Big Fun's "Blame It On The Boogie"? :) Or Perhaps "Hangin' Tough" by New Kids On The Block?!

I frequently annoy my father by preferring his ancient hand drill to the electric one. It's so much better behaved.
oonaseckar
Dec. 7th, 2015 08:27 am (UTC)
*runs away* heeeeeeeeeeeeeeeelp!

Actually I rather enjoy the kitsch level and unintentional campiness of NKOTB. There's nothing wrong with a boyband done right. Big Fun was not that boyband.
swordznsorcery
Dec. 7th, 2015 08:58 pm (UTC)
That's true. Boy band doesn't necessarily mean awful. There was a boy band in the 90s (very briefly - I think they only had about one song out) called Bad Boys Inc. I remember seeing them being interviewed on some Saturday morning show, I think. They didn't take themselves at all seriously, and I rather hoped they might stick around. Goodness knows what happened to them.
liadtbunny
Dec. 7th, 2015 03:33 pm (UTC)
I've got that Roy Orbison CD:) I used to have the NKOTB tape but was appalled to find it was full of lurve songs. Clearly, I wasn't cut out to be a boy band fan!

I remember 'KYTV'! It was, as I was later to find out, the TV spin off of R4's 'Radioactive' (like 'ISIRTA' for the 80's). I used to watch loads of comedy back then, but hardly any now.
swordznsorcery
Dec. 7th, 2015 09:01 pm (UTC)
Yep, it started out on the radio, just like "The Mary Whitehouse Experience". There was some good comedy back then. They did actually put the first two series of "KYTV" out on DVD, but I think I was the only one who bought them, so the third never materialised! I think it's all on YT though.
meathiel
Dec. 7th, 2015 03:39 pm (UTC)
I ♥ ♥ ♥ "Something's gotten hold ..."
swordznsorcery
Dec. 7th, 2015 09:01 pm (UTC)
It's a terrific song.
lost_spook
Dec. 7th, 2015 08:26 pm (UTC)
I'm fairly sure 1989 was about when I started noticing The Beautiful South, because I initially had a sort of confusion with Sonia. (Although not as bid as my youngest sister's confusion of Sonia with Madonna, due to middle sis - the Kylie, Jason, Sonia et al victim - having a tape with Sonia on one side and Madonna on the other. I'm not sure little sis has entirely recovered from it yet.)

ETA: I never did any boy bands. Except Take That a little, because I think if you were a teenage girl in the early 90s, it was really hard to avoid. But I despised all the rest with the snobbery only a teen can manage.

Maid Marion, though! And at least DW went out on a high note...

Edited at 2015-12-07 08:27 pm (UTC)
swordznsorcery
Dec. 7th, 2015 09:03 pm (UTC)
The Beautiful South definitely started around this time, yes. A good band. So were the Housemartins, which was where they sort of started out. I think "Song For Whoever" was 1989, and iirc that was the Beautiful South's first hit.
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